London lorry and van drivers have been taking part in cycling training as part of initiative to make the streets of the English capital safer for cyclists.

Some 1 650 members of staff from Travis Perkins, the largest builders’ merchant in the UK, were enrolled on a day-long course by their employer to give them an idea of what it feels like to be a cyclist in London.

The course consists of classroom training followed by three and a half hours of riding a bike on the road.